Llewellyn van Leeuwen

Llewellyn van Leeuwen- Head Coach, Technical Director and acting Head of Program of TuksGolf

TuksGolf a div of TuksSport Pty (Ltd) a div of University of Pretoria

What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?


I was mentored as a youngster by Kevin Stone and after an eye accident stopped dreams of playing for a living, Kevin suggested I join the PGA (1998)


How long have you been in your current position?


I have been working as Head Coach for almost 13 years


What does your job entail?


Overseeing every aspect of the TuksGolf business. Designing of coaching programs/products and managing holistic golf professional team. Coaching golfers of all ability. Producing champions.


Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?


Sustainability of an academic program that has to turn over more than R6m a year has been no 1 priority. It’s a work in progress.


Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position


I ran a business out of Centurion Golf Estate and was challenged morally on how many players I was coaching that wanted to play for a living, but should actually also study and get an education at the same time. The offer to join UP was a no-brainer.


Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?


None of us do what we do for accolades. I am very proud of the team of professionals that are undoubtedly the best at what they do and support me and our clients on a daily basis. I need to mention Emile Steinmann, Theo Bezuidenhout, Tayla Chidrawi and Neil van Vliet. These people are extremely efficient. I am proud of the graduates and apprentices; professionals today, that have won Teacher of the Year in two different regions, as well as one apprentice of the year, people that worked with me, decided to learn and that I was lucky enough to lead. Our program has produced some of the most talented leaders in the Golf industry and various corporate industries. I am proud to have helped 5 different players win Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in last 4 years (one lady). Two players in top 60 European Tour order of merit last year. My passion to teach juniors remains my top work priority and I work with 4 GolfRSA members, but too many more awesome young men and women to mention. I love to teach people of all ability and sometimes feel bad for charging people for what I love to do. Balancing everything I’m involved with, has been my biggest challenge.